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Platinum Blonde is already being heralded as one of the biggest colors of the year by Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, and Allure, but what exactly is platinum? Is it creamy, silvery, ashy? The term can actually refer to a variety of shades, an entire category of extra-pale colors. In fact, because the level, or value, is very light, the variety of hues is greater than at any other place along the gradient spectrum. This means that platinum offers the widest variety of customization. Click the style notes to learn more about the full spectrum of palest blondes. –– Laura Martin

Warm Blondes: Champagne, pale gold, and peach are just a few of the shades at this end of the spectrum. Warm blondes flatter pink tones in the skin and provide a flattering contrast for blue eyes. Warm shades are also the most reflective so they’ll add visual shine.

Neutral Blondes: Vanilla, taupe, and sand are examples of neutral blonde shades. These hues are neither warm nor cool, making them a great choice for a variety of skin tones. These colors bring out the nuances of brown or hazel eyes. They have a more natural look than other blondes.

Cool Blondes: White, silver and mink are stunning examples of cool blonde shades. These colors are best with pale, porcelain skin. They have a metallic quality and flatter warmer eye colors like green and brown. These hues offer a dramatic, high fashion takes on light hair.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 

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